I’m just your everyday backyard validator.
Running nodes (all bare metal, and from my own location!) seems a strange hobby, but it keeps me endlessly busy, inspiring growth and improvement.
A welcome departure from my blue-collar day job, it’s rarely dull and there’s always something new to learn.
My most visible role in the ecosystem is as part of Osmosis Support team, although I’ve been part of just about every Cosmos/IBC Telegram group for far longer than my involvement there.
Button-mashing and tech-tinkering has long been a hobby of mine. My previous pet project involved a compact HTPC-style machine built from only the finest decade-old second-hand (4790k-era) hardware, building and maintaining an automated+catalogued media streaming server for demanding friends and family.
This continued for several years, running 24/7 with very little downtime. So naturally, with no relevant training I decided to nuke it all and migrate the service to Linux, while trying my hand at validating.
In my time here I’ve come across innumerable community members, node operators, developers and others willing to teach a clueless newcomer the ropes, so I feel it’s important to pass on what little of this knowledge I’ve retained. I gladly offer help to any who ask — from basic information/scam awareness, to wallet setup, navigating the many communities and web apps or exploring Linux and getting started breaking stuff over CLI.